The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Decision

Posted: June 26, 2022 by Nazim in Episode!

This week’s episode laments the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, including Brett and Nazim’s criticisms of the majority and concurring opinions, and a discussion on how this case alters the legacy of the justices and politicians involved.  The law starts from the beginning.

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The podcast returns strong off its summer bye week, covering three cases which deal with conservative majorities, including Johnson v. Arteaga-Martinez (can a Circuit Court create bond hearings for detained immigrants), Garland v. Gonzalez (can detained immigrants sue the government to get bond hearings), and American Hospital Assoc. v. Becerra (how dead is the Chevron doctrine).  Law starts at (4:40).

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What We Do on the Shadow Docket

Posted: June 5, 2022 by Nazim in Episode!

This week’s episode covers three Supreme Court Orders that don’t have long opinions, but cover interesting issues that may pop up a few years down the line.  This includes Netchoice LLC v. Paxton (instituting a stay on a Texas law that wants to ban social media platforms from banning Republicans), Louisianna v Biden (allowing an administrative agency to speculate the costs on greenhouse gases), and Guillen v. League of United Latin American Citizens (allowing depositions of Texas lawmakers for a Voting Rights Act case).  Law starts at (01:45).

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The Second Amendment

Posted: May 29, 2022 by Nazim in Episode!

This week’s episode covers the text, punctuation, history, case law, current developments, and future predictions on the Second Amendment and reasonable gun control regulations.  We intended on covering two cases about federalism, but never got around to it.  The law starts from the beginning.

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How Political Is It?

Posted: May 22, 2022 by Nazim in Episode!

This week’s episode discusses the political influence of two cases.  The first is FEC v. Cruz where Ted Cruz struck down campaign finance laws, and the second is Patel v. Garland in which the Court refused to consider mistakes in immigration removal proceedings.  The answer may surprise you, but probably not.  Law starts from the beginning.

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The Long-Awaited Boston Flag Episode

Posted: May 15, 2022 by Nazim in Episode!

You asked for it, and you got it, folks.  This week’s episode covers Shurtleff v. City of Boston, aka the second-most interesting thing that happened in the Supreme Court two weeks ago.  There’s a lot to disagree with here, from the decision that flags aren’t government speech, to Gorsuch’s take-down of the Lemon test.  Law starts at (02:07).

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GUEST EP: Gabe Roth on Judicial Ethics

Posted: May 8, 2022 by Nazim in Episode!

On this week’s podcast, Brett interviews Gabe Roth from Fix the Court about judicial ethics and recusal reform for the Supreme Court.  Gabe discusses the scope of Fix the Court’s reform in light of current events, what is like to testify before Congress, and the future of any such reform at the legislative level.  Nazim returns from captivity next week.

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Alito’s Draft Dobbs Opinion

Posted: May 3, 2022 by Nazim in Episode!

The emergency podcast alarm has rarely sounded so definitely, as Brett and Nazim discuss the fall-out from Alito’s leaked opinion in Dobbs, including what a draft opinion means for the outcome of the case, what a leak means for the credibility of the Supreme Court, and whether this decision will likely be the majority decision.  Law starts from the jump.

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Thank God for Football

Posted: May 1, 2022 by Nazim in Episode!

This week’s case discusses Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, in which the Court must determine whether a public school football coach who prays on the field violates the Establishment Clause.  This case is ripe with factual issues, legal issues, and sadly very little discussion about actual football.  Law starts at (02:35).

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Laws 2, Constitution 0

Posted: April 24, 2022 by Nazim in Episode!

This week’s episode covers the age-old battle of LAWS v. CONSTITUTION.  The first case is U.S. v. Vaello-Madero, in which the Supreme Court held that denying Puerto Rican residents SSI benefits did not violate Equal Protection.  The second case is City of Austin v. Reagan National Advertising of Austin, in which the Supreme Court tied the First Amendment in knots trying to resolve sign problems.  Law starts at (02:04).

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